carlAssistant Coach: Carl Smith

Carl rowed at Western from 2011-2015, a member of the WIRA 3rd place novice 4+, 1st place NCRC novice 8 and novice 4+, four time medaling and three time 1st place NCRC varsity 8, four time medaling and three time 1st place NCRC varsity 4+, and 3rd place Dad Vail varsity 4+. Carl was named a 2012 ACRA All-American novice, 2014 and 2015 ACRA All Region oarsman, and a 2015 ACRA All-American oarsman. In addition to rowing with the Vikings, Carl competed with the Vesper U23 program that won Club Nationals in the summer of 2014 and rowed for Team USA for a 6th place finish in the 4- at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea during the summer of 2015. Carl received degrees from Western in Winter of ’16 in Kinesiology and in Applied Human Sciences.

roddyAssistant Coach: Roddy VanderLinden

Roddy began his rowing career at Lake Union Crew, in Seattle, where he learned as a novice. He has been rowing for 7 years, four of them being on Western’s mens team. Rod rowed at Youth Nationals in the Lightweight 8. At Western, he rowed in the Men’s Varsity 4 and Lightweight 4 at WIRA’s, and the Lightweight 4 at NCRC. He graduated from Western with a degree in Chemistry.

Strength and Assistant Coach:
Will Ruth

Will continues his role on the Men’s Crew staff as the team’s Strength Coach, providing the yearly strength programming and lifting instruction. Will rowed in high school at Olympia Area Rowing club and currently competes in the sport of Strongman at the regional level. Will holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) as well as USA-Weightlifting Level 1, and graduated from Western in Spring ’14 with a BS in Kinesiology, focusing in Sport Psychology. Will is also US-Rowing L2 certified and is currently pursuing an MA degree through the University of Denver in Sport Coaching.

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